- 1Talk wildly or incoherently, as if one were delirious or insane: Nancy’s having hysterics and raving about a black ghostMore example sentences
talk wildly, babble, jabber, talk incoherently
- The Prime Minister raved incoherently: ‘I see myself as the big fat spider in the corner of the room.’
- The Pythia would rave and babble incoherently.
- When he succeeded in waking us up, we had been completely incoherent, raving about caves and pigeons and dark unspeakable evil.
- 1.1Address someone in an angry, uncontrolled way: [with direct speech]: “Never mind how he feels!” Melissa ravedMore example sentences
- Sure, the lyrics are angry, bitter, raving, mad, obscene, and a 1000 other adjectives, but they don't change my opinion.
- He was then standing in the street ranting and raving and my dad asked him to move out the way, and the guy said he would be back.
- Mr Welling said: ‘The defendant telephoned her and he was abusive, ranting and raving.’
- 2Speak or write about someone or something with great enthusiasm or admiration: New York’s theater critics raved about the actingMore example sentences
- That said, nearly all the guests I spoke to raved about their excursions, claiming they were the highlight of their holiday.
- Salthouse had the critics raving about their last album ‘Dream by Day’.
- Critics are already raving about the new Channel Four programme ‘Shameless’, which hits the screen tonight.
- 3 • informal Attend or take part in a rave (party).More example sentences
- Viewers watch aliens rave at a dance party, float off into space while fireworks explode, and witness a fiery kaleidoscope descending from overhead.
- We remember one party near Jerusalem, thousands of people were raving like hell inside an ancient cave.
- Beat it out and we pulse together, it's a wonder we don't rave daily.
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- 1 • informal An extremely enthusiastic recommendation or appraisal of someone or something: the film has won raves from American reviewers [as modifier]: their recent tour received rave reviewsMore example sentences
- And though his realistic and hard-hitting film has won some rave reviews, Tigmanshu is certainly not resting on his laurels.
- Performing at the Cotton Club, the girls won rave reviews from critics.
- It is listed on the Australian and US stock markets and has won rave reviews for its financial performances.
- 2.1A party or event attended by large numbers of young people, involving drug use and dancing to fast, electronic music.More example sentences
- I've been into raves and electronic music since the early '90s, and I can tell you that there is no other music scene that can boast this.
- The music at this event had not been as loud as at previous raves.
- There were more performance-enhancing drugs going down than at an all-night rave.
- 2.2Electronic dance music of the kind played at a rave.More example sentences
- Rather than defining genres, Skinner explores them, intersecting garage and hip-hop with rave, reggae, and even a twinge of bedsit indie.
- It's got techno, trance, rave, hip hop, and lots of other types of music in the different mixes.
- Music was up beat, perfect for dancing, mixing with techno, rave, electric and pop.
Middle English (in the sense 'show signs of madness'): probably from Old Northern French raver; related obscurely to (Middle) Low German reven 'be senseless, rave'.